SPN21 not meeting MIB needs

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NOT all books in use under the current education system are suitable in disseminating knowledge on the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy.

This is one of several challenges that still exist in imparting the MIB philosophy under the 21st Century National Education System (SPN21), said an expert yesterday.

Associate Professor Ampuan Dr Hj Brahim Hj Tengah, director of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Academy of Brunei Studies, said issues like the lack of proper teaching materials and qualified teachers compound the problems facing the teaching of MIB philosophy in the Sultanate.

The associate professor discussed his observations in the presentation of his working paper entitled ‘Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad ke-21: Isu dan Cabaran’ (SPN21: Issues and Challenges) during the International Conference on Islamic Teacher Education (ICITE) held at the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB).

Ampuan Dr Hj Brahim said there is a lack of books with content that fully encompasses the concept of MIB that are of proper standard.

“Teachers only use MIB books that are currently available and also a book entitled ‘Negaraku Tanggungjawabku’,” said the associate professor, explaining that the content is not in line with the national philosophy of the country.

“This book is unsuitable as a textbook for MIB as its content and several illustrations do not fully support MIB. These books need to be updated and improved.”

Furthermore, there is no main reference book for the subject, the associate professor said, adding that such a reference would be required to ensure that the knowledge disseminated is accurate should any misunderstanding occur.

“Thus far, there has yet to be a reference book that has been considered an official reference book for the national philosophy by the MIB Supreme Council. There are only several books that have been written by its members that can be used, but not as an official point of reference.”

A thorough understanding of the national philosophy is a requirement for teachers if they are to teach the subject, said the associate professor.

“There is a lack of teachers who possess the expertise or background that is suitable with the concept of the philosophy of MIB. These teachers are selected from different subject backgrounds where they could have been Mathematics or Science teachers or others.”

He called for teachers with relevant background to teach the philosophy in class.

The Brunei Times